"Starchitects" - The Hottest Architects
Collected by Charissa Fay, AFAR Ambassador
Foster, Gehry, Libeskind, Pei - architects today are part of a burgeoning creative class enjoying name-brand recognition, global acclaim and brand power like never before. It's not uncommon for world travelers to seek the "latest Gehry" or the newest Norman Foster building. While housing museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions, the architecture itself often shines as brightly as the art inside.
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK
Checking out the famously preserved mummies at the world’s oldest public museum is on many London wish lists, but there’s much more to the British Museum than ancient Egypt. Other must-sees include the Elgin Marbles and the African...
Luisenstraße 33, 80333 München, Germany
Lenbachhaus is Munich's premier art gallery. It reopened in May 2013 after a four-year renovation of the original building (a late-19th-century Florentine-style villa for painter Franz von Lenbach), plus the addition of a modern wing designed by...
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
Meatpacking District, New York, NY 10014, USA
The High Line just keeps getting better. The hard part? Finding a time to go when it is not mobbed. Planted with native NY flowering plants and grasses, something new is always blooming and a few feet above the pavement on the old elevated...
Mann, Iowa City, IA, USA
Architect Frank Gehry designed this building, which houses the Iowa Advanced Technologies Laboratory at the University of Iowa. The river walk here is simple, but relaxing, with a constant small stream of college students going to and from classes...
Calle Torrea, 1, 01340 Eltziego, Araba, Spain
The metal-and-glass ribbon structure of this Frank Gehry−designed hotel—not too far from Bilbao—creates an ethereal silhouette that contrasts dramatically with Elciego’s medieval landscape. Opt for a guided tour to learn...
Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Praha 2-Nové Město, Czechia
Prague is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its abundant beauty is not only related to the variety of architecture styles (Gothic; Art- Nouveau and Baroque) but also to natural elements such as wild swans that gracefully...
Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Frank Gehry was born inToronto, but his dramatic 2008renovation and expansion ofthis Beaux-Arts museum washis first Canadian commission.He first discovered art on childhood visits to its vast collection,which spans the world. Now themuseum...
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This bowed silver building stands out among the skyscrapers of Downtown L.A. (though it now has an equally interesting-looking neighbor in the Broad). Those stainless-steel curves have a purpose, though. Architect Frank Gehry designed the...
Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
The drive along the Northern coast from San Sebastian to Bilbao was amazing, filled with windy roads through the mountainous passes overlooking the gorgeous cliffs leading to the ocean. The main reason for going to Bilbao was to see the Guggenheim...
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
With over 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum can't be fully taken in during just one visit. Its permanent collection has a number of focuses, including art of the region, but it also contains works from farther afield. The museum...
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Germany
The architecturally striking Jewish Museum is the best place in Berlin to get an overview of German-Jewish relations and to understand the nature of the integration of the two cultures before the Holocaust's horrors. Designed by Daniel...
736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
The stunning Contemporary Jewish Museum was once a PG&E power station that world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind transformed in 1998. Today, it functions as an ode to both history and the future. The museum features rotating exhibits that...
1060 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
At Clos Pegase, playful art and sculptures are the centerpiece of the winery. A collection of sculptures by famous 20th century artists greets visitors outside, and the collection continues in the courtyard and tasting room. The owner, Jan Shrem,...
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